The holiday season in Northern Indiana Amish Country is filled with fun, food and festive traditions. Feel the warmth from friendly Amish businesses as they invite you into their homes for a peek into the window of their unique world.
Available: November & December
This Itinerary is Ideal for: All ages
Craft Elkhart is the place to find unique handmade pieces of art from local and global craftsmen. Featured glass blowing artist Beau Kyle will share his passion for glass blowing while bringing art to life in front of your eyes. An option is available to participate and make your own blown glass piece of art to take home under Beau’s careful instruction and supervision.
Stroll through a winter wonderland at Linton’s Enchanted Gardens Holiday Village where the scent of fresh pine and mulled cider fill the air. Linton’s offers 50,000 square feet of spectacular seasonal displays including 100 themed trees that feature more than 10,000 unique ornaments. There’s something for everyone on your list making your holiday shopping.
Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Lights will transport you to a magical setting of lights, sound and beauty. This event is perfect for families to enjoy during the holiday season. Featuring professional light displays accentuating the natural beauty of Wellfield, the 1⁄2-mile Promenade Pathway is aglow with color and texture, framing the garden spaces, as you’ve never seen them before!
Another fun stop is the Blue Gate Dinner & Theatre featuring Daniel O’Donnell’s Christmas & More experience performing December 8th through the 14th, or the Amish Acres Family Style Threshers Dinner & Round Barn Theatre production of Beauty and the Beast.
Savor a delicious breakfast at your host hotel and meet your guide. Then, get ready to stuff your stocking with treats and trinkets from one-of-a-kind Amish businesses on the Stocking Stuffer Tour of Amish Country Back Roads. Choose your stops on this customizable experience and we’ll supply the Christmas stocking. Included in your day is Holiday Cookie Baking Demo & Tasting, plus Haystack Lunch on an Amish family farm.
After a festive day of touring you’ll be ready to dine on traditional family recipes either buffet or family style at Das Dutchman Essenhaus Dinner & Theatre. Following dinner, take your seat in Heritage Hall for the holiday themed Flight 1225 production.
Delight this morning in the Tour of Trees and Christmas Shopping in the Essenhaus Village Shops. Roam the exquisitely decorated grounds and shop until you drop at the village shops.
A local Amish family, Glendon and Kathy Yoder and their children, welcome you to their Country Camel Farm. Learn the facts about camels while petting and feeding them.
Country Camel Farm in ShipshewanaUsing white, silver and gold yarn and led by The Fiber 6 art expert, you’ll make a Christmas Star God’s Eye Mandela Ornament. After a fun experience, Nelson’s Catering will provide lunch.
Depart for home with Christmas gifts and fond memories of Northern Indiana’s Amish Country.
For those who wish to extend their stay, add a day filled with Christmas harp music, Christmas card uncycling, shopping, a Living Nativity experience and light displays. There’s plenty of great dining available, too.
Sonya L. Nash
Amish Country of Northern Indiana CVB